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Patient internet health resource utilization prior to emergency department visits

Published:February 27, 2018DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ajem.2018.02.032
      The internet is the cornerstone of modern day information gathering and this holds true for medical information. Many use the internet for health-related information and to make self-diagnoses, even though one survey found only 13% of these self-diagnoses were accurate [
      • Fox S.
      • Duggan M.
      Health online 2013.
      ]. There is a wide variety of information and misinformation available on the internet. Government and peer-reviewed sites are generally considered accurate, with WebMD.com being one of the most traveled websites [
      ]. A progressive involvement of digital media has become part of home life for elderly Americans [
      • Zickuhr K.
      • Madden M.
      Older adults and internet use.
      ] and smartphones bridge the access gap for those in lower economic brackets. A recent study suggested that 51% of emergency department (ED) patients had a smartphone and 60% of those had used it for seeking health information [
      • Posti L.A.
      • Vaca F.E.
      • Biroscaki B.J.
      • Dziura J.
      • Brandt C.
      • Berstein S.L.
      • et al.
      The prevalence and characteristics of emergency medicine patient use of new media.
      ].
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